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Make an Easy Last Minute Valentine Card

Make an Easy Last Minute Valentine Card

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!!

I thought I would make an easy Valentine’s card for all of you, even though I can’t mail it out to everyone! AND if you need one more idea at the last minute for an easy card to make, something like this one should inspire an idea for you!

The card base is Powder Pink, one of the In Colors. The designer paper on top is from the Sweet Soiree Designer Series Paper.  It kills me that there is a gorgeous design with foil accents on the opposite side, but this Powder Pink print side is what I needed and wanted for my Valentine today!  It’s a gloomy, foggy, drizzly day outside so I think that put me in the mood for something more subdued.

The hearts are stamped from the Heart Happiness Stamp Set in Powder Pink Ink.  I love this stamp set, and I have to add it will be plenty useful even after Valentine’s Day. I simply cut them out by hand with my Paper Snips.  Before adhering to the base, I wrapped some Powder Pink 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon around the designer paper and tied in a bow. Then the hearts are popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The greeting is stamped on a banner from Thoughtful Banners and the words are from Wood Words.  I chose these words because now the card can be for anything, even just to send to someone to let them know you are thinking of them. For today, the hearts look like Valentines, but any other time, it just looks like a pretty card!  So don’t restrict hearts to just Valentine’s Day!  You can use them almost any time.

You could embellish this card even a little more, but I think it is fine the way it is.  And now that I made a hair appointment for this afternoon at the last minute, I need to make some last minute Valentine treats myself to take!  Keep it simple and you can make anything at the last minute!

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Last Minute Card and Treat Ideas For Valentine’s Day

Easy Valentines to Make with Sending Love Paper Stack

Since we are just one day away from Valentine’s Day and we all probably procrastinate, I thought I would post some of my past projects that you can use for last minute Valentine ideas for cards and treats for inspiration if you need another card or two or a little treat for someone!

Click here for the above cards:  Easy Valentines to Make With Sending Love Paper Stack

A Valentine Mini Treat Bag For a Valentine Treat

A Valentine Mini Treat Bag With Glassine Sheet

Quick and Easy Last Minute Punched Hearts Valentine Card

Quick and Easy Last Minute Punched Hearts Valentine Card

Easy Stamped Valentine Card

Stamp An Easy Valentine Card with Sealed With Love

Valentine Treat Bag with Hearts Tag

Make a Valentine Treat Bag with Scraps

Valentine Sending Love Small Treat Bag

Valentine Sending Love Small Treat Bag

These are just a FEW of my past Valentine ideas!  You can put “Valentine” in the Search Box on the right sidebar and find even more, some very old ones! Or you can look through the Archives drop down menu and choose a very old year and see what we used to make! So if you need last minute Valentine ideas for cards and treats, just check these out!  Have fun!

 

Mini Mailbox For Valentine’s Day Candy

Mini Mailbox For Valentine's Day Candy

I’ve seen these Mini Mailboxes For Valentine’s Day Candy around on the internet and they are so quick and easy to make! I’m sure you could also make them for other occasions, like a birthday or Christmas.  Just change the paper and colors to suit the occasion!

This mailbox has two chocolate nuggets inside. You could use a low-temp glue gun so as not to melt the chocolate of course, but I just used Mini Glue Dots. They won’t interfere with the candy.

For the mailbox base, you need a strip of cardstock that is 3″ x 1″ with the corners rounded at both ends.  I used a Project Life Corner Rounder Punch (retired) but you could also just round the corners by hand with your scissors. This is just a little candy treat, it doesn’t need to be absolutely perfect! Mine isn’t! I think I used the wrong piece of paper for the base!

Score this base piece at 1″ to form the flap that makes the back of the mailbox.  You don’t need to score the other end unless you want to be able to fold it up like a mailbox door.

Next cut a piece of cardstock 1 1/4″ x 3″ and a piece of designer paper 1″ x 3″ and glue together. This will fold over the stacked chocolate candies. Again, you can use the low-temp glue gun or I used the Mini Glue Dots.  You might want to loosen the paper fibers a bit by kind of curling the paper just a bit with a Bone Folder.  Then just cut a very narrow strip of paper for the mailbox flag, topped with a tiny heart!  I used the Owl Punch (retired)for the small heart and another small heart punch for the lid of the mailbox.  You can also just cut these hearts by hand, too. We’ve all been cutting hearts since we were kids, right?!

Here are some other fun and easy Valentine candy treats to make! Click HERE.

Try this mailbox project!  It really only takes minutes and you can use up your scraps! Make a Mini Mailbox to hold a couple chocolate candies and give to someone on Valentine’s Day!

Quick and Easy Tiny Treat Box For Valentine’s Day

Quick and Easy Tiny Treat Box For Valentine's Day

If you keep a package of these Clear Tiny Treat Boxes on hand, you will be able to make things like this Quick and Easy Tiny Treat Box For Valentine’s Day in nothing flat! If you need a little gift box or treat box for an occasion or party favors, these Clear Tiny Treat Boxes are the answer!  Just wrap a little piece of paper or ribbon around the box and embellish for the occasion and you’ve got it!

These Clear Tiny Treat Boxes store flat and have a little plastic wrapping on them. Just crease the score lines when you are ready to use them and assemble the box. Fill with some deli cious candy or place a small gift inside. These would be great as party favors as well.  You can decorate them in any way you like!

For this Valentine treat box, I simply wrapped a narrow scrap of the Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (This paper has gold foil accents! So pretty!) around the box and adhered the two ends in the back. It’s best, I think, if you hold the strip of paper at the back of the box, then fold the paper around the first corner.  Take the paper off and give it a good crease, then hold it back on the box and fold around the next corner.  Again, remove it, give it a good straight crease, and continue folding around the box.  This way you don’t have to bother measuring. Sometimes when you measure a strip because of the folding, the measurements don’t quite work.

To decorate the box, I simply stamped a heart from Heart Happiness in Melon Mambo Ink on Powder Pink Cardstock and cut out. I adhered the heart on a piece of Gold Foil punched with the Starburst Punch. Just for a little extra I tied a piece of the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon around the box to match the gold in the paper and the Starburst Punch. You could add even more if you wanted to, like a banner greeting across the front of the heart or another smaller heart in the center. Lots of ideas!

As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, think of how you can make a quick little gift for your family or a neighbor or friend like this Quick and Easy Tiny Treat Box For Valentine’s Day with any little box that you have in your home, and later you can order a supply of the Tiny Treat Boxes to keep on hand!

 

A Valentine Extravaganza For Kids’ Class Valentines

 Magical Day Valentine With Knight

It was a Valentine Extravaganza last night as I helped two moms make class valentines for their kids to take to their school valentine parties this week!  We’ve been doing this for a few years now.  I make some sample ideas, they see which ones their kids like, and then we get together and make them, sometimes with one of the girl’s help because Elsie has been stamping and scrapbooking since she was in preschool!  Really!  She taught a class on stamping in preschool!

The Magical Day Stamp Set in the Occasions Catalog proved to be perfect for Carl as he had just done some Shakespeare in school!  I tried various combinations of designs as you will see.  I used the new Stampin’ Blends markers to color in the knight.  That was a little time-consuming for making 30 valentines, but it had to be done and I knew the moms would want to try out the Stampin’ Blends markers. (They loved them!)

Magical Day Valentine You Are Awesome

Using a different greeting (“Awesome”) from the Marquee Messages, which the mom liked, but her son liked the greeting that came in the Magical Day Stamp Set.

Magical Day Scallop Knight

This version I thought using punches was going to be quicker and easier that cutting or die-cutting squares. That’s something you have to consider when you are making a quantity of cards.  What can you mass-produce fairly easily?

In the end we made a card with the “Magical” greeting, the knight layered on a  piece of Silver Glimmer Paper punched with the Starburst Punch and that all layered over a Black Glimmer Paper (retired) strip flagged at the ends like this silver one.  And we stamped the little stars in the stamp set around on the card front in Versamark ink, which was better than using the Bermuda Bay ink.

Soccer Valentine

Wyatt is a soccer player so I dug out a retired stamp set called I Love Soccer.  I bought this set in case I ever make scrapbook pages for my two boys who played soccer!  Luckily I met Wyatt who likes soccer valentines!  The grass is stamped from the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set. I stamped it in both Old Olive and Crumb Cake to look like some dirt mixed in. In the final version of the card (and late at night!) we decided it would be quicker to just stamp the “Woohoo” in Real Red ink right on the card instead of stamping and cutting out.  It looked fine!

All these cards were just one-sided (no fold) and the kids will sign them on the back.  Since this one is mounted on Basic Black, we added a Whisper White layer and stamped with some more soccer stamps.

Soccer Valentine Greeting

Last but not least, Elsie likes cats, so this was her card she chose!

Cat Love Valentine

The cat is from the retired stamp set Pun Fun. I got a lot of use out of that stamp set back in the day! The cat is stamped in Memento Black ink and colored in with the Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends.  The cat is punched out with the 2″ Circle Punch and then layered on the Starburst Punch piece in Real Red.  The little hearts are from Heart Happiness (love that stamp set!) and the word “Love” is from Watercolor Words (another great set!).  Pretty quick and easy valentine to make for a cat-lover! If you are looking for a cat stamp set, the current one in the Annual Catalog is this adorable one, the Pretty Kitty Stamp Set.  If you need a dog, order this stamp set, Bella & Friends.  This stamp set was designed by one of the Demonstrators who reached $1 million in sales, Angie Juda.

Cat Punch Friend Valentine

This was another potential sample using the Cat Punch.  Her eyes are stamped from the Halloween set, Spooky Cat (retired).  The “friend” is die cut with the Lovely Words Thinlits Dies.  It comes attached to an oval, but to get only the word, just snip the ends to separate.

Cat Punch Eclipse Technique Valentine

And this was another sample I played around with.  I stamped the Whisper White in Melon Mambo with the beautiful flowery stamp in the Wood Words Stamp Set.  Then I used the Cat Punch to punch out the cat. Next, adhere the Whisper White layer to the Melon Mambo card base. Pop the cat up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere it in the empty space.  This is called the Eclipse Technique and you can do it more elaborately with the Large Letters and Large Numbers dies, but it is very easy with just a punch!  She may give this card to one of her teachers.

For more ideas for class valentines for kids, check out my blog post from last year to see the valentines I designed for the kids!

So there you have lots of valentines ideas for kids!  I sure wish I’d know about Stampin’ Up! back when my kids were in elementary school.  I hope the schools don’t give up the tradition of handing out valentines. I think it is one where they can all participate and enjoy receiving their little cards and treats!  It’s even more fun if you can stamp some valentines, perhaps with your child’s help, and have a Valentine Extravaganza making their class valentines!

Simple Hearts Card For a Valentine

Simple Hearts Card For a Valentine

Valentine’s Day is coming soon so here is a Simple Hearts Card For a Valentine! I decided to use the color scheme from the Painted With Love Designer Series Paper, so I chose Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral, which is an unusual color combination.  You can certainly use this card for other occasions besides Valentine’s Day!

The card base is Melon Mambo with a layer of Calypso Coral. The top layer is Whisper White with a thin strip of the Painted With Love DSP.  I needed some piece of that paper so you could see the color combination.

I stamped two hearts from the Heart Happiness Stamp Set and cut them out.  This is a great stamp set to have on hand because hearts, like stars, can be used for many occasions!  I love this heart stamp! A grouping of the little hearts are also in this stamp set so you can stamp several little hearts at one time.  The greeting is from the Petal Palette Stamp Set.

Just to go with the gold accents, I used a piece of the 1/8″ Gold Ribbon to tie around the top layer.  This ribbon has been around for years and I use it a lot.  It also comes in silver. It’s perfect for when you need a little something.

This is the weekend to be making valentines and getting them in the mail. So I hope you can use this simple card with the hearts for a valentine idea!

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A Cupcake Box Made With Designer Paper and a Mini Pizza Box For Valentine’s Day

Cupcake Boxes

The other day, Sara Douglass, CEO of Stampin’ Up!, did a quick Facebook Live video about how to make a cupcake box like these.  The fact that she did it first thing in the office in just a few minutes before she had to dash off to a meeting, tells you that these are not real complicated!

This cupcake box is really one of the Mini Pizza Boxes for the base to hold the cupcake and then the paper “lid” with a cutout for a window sheet or piece of plastic for the window to see the cupcake inside…..or in my case, a homemade blueberry muffin! The lid of the Pizza Box has a hole cut in the center using one of the Layering Circle Framelit Dies which holds the cupcake in place.  You can make that hole as small or as large as you need it to be according to the size of the cupcake or treat. Just make sure you are clear on which area of the box gets the hole!Pizza Box Lid Hole

Like Sara, I chose one of the papers in the Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper package. Each sheet has gold foil accents on it, so it is really a beautiful paper! No matter which design you choose! Your Stampin’ Trimmer really gets a workout cutting and scoring this paper that will become the box, but it is really handy for cutting out that window in the middle of the paper.  The second box is made with a paper in the Merry Little Christmas package (Retired). This one was going to a man so I didn’t want it to be Valentiney!

Unfortunately, the Fast Fuse Special sold out early this morning! I have edited this post but you can still enjoy the Cupcake Box! So sorry if you missed it….and I know you did miss it!  So did I!

Watch Sara’s Facebook video about making the Cupcake Box!

Cupcake Box Diagram Sara DouglassHere is the diagram Sara made with measurements.  If you need more info just go to her Facebook page HERE.

Try making a Cupcake Box for a cupcake, muffin, or small treat for any occasion, not just Valentine’s Day!

Quick and Easy Gatefold Valentine Card With Hearts

Quick and Easy Gate Fold Valentine Card With Hearts

Here is a quick and easy gatefold Valentine card with hearts for Valentine’s Day!  A gatefold card is something different to make and your recipient will think it is something exceptional! This card, in fact, will only take you a few minutes to make!

Start by cutting a sheet of cardstock in half like you always do – but don’t score it in the middle. instead score at 2 1/8″ from each end.  That will leave a 4 1/4″ center area like a usual card and then the two flaps on the front that close that are 2 1/8″ wide each, which covers that center area!  Very easy!

To decorate the card, cut two strips of designer paper, such as this Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, at 2″ x 5 3/8″, which leaves a very narrow little margin on each side. For inside the card, just cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock to layer on the Melon Mambo Cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. I stamped a heart from the Watercolor Words Stamp Set on the inside panel.

For the hearts on the front of the card, I used the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies (hearts) to cut the largest heart from Gold Foil, the next smaller heart from Melon Mambo, and the smallest heart from Whisper White.  On the white heart, I stamped the “Love” from Watercolor Words. When you adhere the hearts to the front of the card, remember that you only want to put adhesive on the side that will attach to the left “gate” of the card. Don’t adhere to both sides or you won’t be able to open the card!  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals but you could also use any adhesive, just being careful where you put the adhesive.

The card looked perfectly fine at that point, but just because I wanted to, I added some Metallic Enamel Shapes, a few of the gold hearts on to the Whisper White heart.

This is an easy card to make. Just do the basic and then embellish a little bit.  You can do as much as you like.  You can see a wedding card I did several years ago with this same fold HERE.

Change up your routine a little bit and make a gatefold card like this Quick and Easy Gatefold Valentine Card With Hearts.  

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Valentine’s Day Party Pandas Mini Treat Bag

Valentine's Day Party Pandas Mini Treat Bag

How about a cute Valentine’s Day Mini Treat Bag stamped with one of the Party Pandas? This mini treat bag is big enough to hold a few pieces of candy inside, a gift card, a small gift or just a note! You can make it for Valentine’s Day, but really it could be used for lots of occasions!  And one of the best parts is that you can get the Party Pandas Stamp Set FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 purchase of Stampin’ Up! products!

It’s so easy to make a treat bag with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  These dies have always been one of my favorites!  I also like the other pieces that come in the collection besides the two pieces that make up the treat bag.

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies

For the Party Pandas treat bag, I made the treat bag with a paper in the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper.  I figured the pink dots could be used for Valentine’s Day but also for other occasions.  I did trim off the top edge of the bag since I was going to tie the bag shut with the Powder Pink 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon.

The Panda is stamped with the Party Pandas Stamp Set available during Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration!  You can’t buy this stamp set, you have to earn it! You earn it with a $50 purchase, which is easy to do, and then you choose a special Sale-A-Bration product for your FREE product!  I think the pandas are probably one of the most popular Sale-A-Bration sets this year! The panda is just stamped in black ink.  (I used Memento Black.)  Just color in the little heart on the envelope with a pink marker.  I stamped just the word “Love” from the stamp in the set and inked it up with the Melon Mambo Marker.  I got lucky and stamped it in just the right place!

Next I die cut the panda with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and layered on a piece of the Iridescent Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper in the Occasions Catalog. This glimmer paper was also die cut with the larger square in the Stitched Shapes Dies.  The paper almost seemed to take on a little bit of the pink from the paper and the ribbon!

Here is another Mini Treat Bag I made last summer with the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.  I put a card inside the bag for the birthday card.  There are so many ways you can use these treat bags!

If you need a little Valentine Treat Bag, you can make one yourself with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies out of any paper you choose. Best of all, with a $50 purchase, you can choose the Party Pandas Stamp Set for your free Sale-A-Bration item and make all kinds of cute cards and projects with the pandas.

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Easy to Stamp Valentine Card With Gold Vinyl Stickers

Easy to Stamp Valentine Card With Gold Vinyl Stickers

Today I thought I would make a simple, easy to stamp valentine card using the Gold Vinyl Stickers! It’s time to start making some valentines as tomorrow is the first day of February! Making valentines is something that takes us back to our childhood – the decorated shoebox or lunch sack to put on our school desks, the handmade valentines with doilies and red construction paper, the bottle of white paste!  Wow!  Does that bring back memories??! Now we can be a little more sophisticated with our wonderful Stampin’ Up! cardstock, creative stamps, and beautiful embellishments!

This card starts with a base of Real Red Cardstock and a layer of Whisper White Cardstock stamped in Real Red Ink!  Basic red and white for Valentine’s Day with a touch of gold! I stamped the various hearts from the Heart Happiness Photopolymer Stamp Set. Just choose whichever ones you want and stamp away!

To add a little bit of pizzazz to this valentine, I used some of the Painted Love Gold Vinyl Stickers.  If you haven’t noticed these in the Occasions Catalog, it’s not your fault!  They are barely noticeable on the page. But now that you know they are there, go look on page 19 on the left edge of the page in the fold!  These are self-adhesive stickers in gold that coordinate with the stamp set Sure Do Love You.  However, they coordinate with lots of stamp sets and designs, so you can use them even without this stamp set.  The stickers are really good quality, not flimsy, and they DO stick….so make sure you know exactly where you want to put them because you aren’t likely to be able to move them once they stick on the paper! Don’t ask me how I know!

Since the stickers come on a clear sheet, you can hold the sheet over your project and see where you want to place a certain sticker and what it will look like.

How to Place Gold Vinyl Stickers

Here are the Painted Love Gold Vinyl Stickers on page 19 of the Occasions Catalog.  Be sure to check them out!  They aren’t just for Valentine’s Day either!  They will go with any pretty card or project!  You get two sheets, so you might want to order an extra package or two to have on hand!  You will want to use them!

Painted Love Gold Vinyl Stickers

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Make a Valentine Treat Box With a Mini Pizza Box

Valentine Treat Box with a Mini Pizza Box Embellished

Here’s an easy project for Valentine’s Day or any occasion –  Make a Valentine treat box with a Mini Pizza Box from Stampin’ Up!  Use a small box to decorate with paper and embellish to put a special treat inside!

Did you know you can still purchase the Mini Pizza Boxes that were in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog?  They are on the Carryover List of products that are still available at least until the next Annual Catalog comes out.  Then we will see which products continue on in the new catalog or if they are retired. Anyway, you will still find the Mini Pizza Boxes in my Online Store! You will find all the Carryover Products listed in the Online Store under Holiday Favorites.

The Mini Pizza Boxes come flat in the package so storage is not a problem.  Then just fold on all the scored lines and assemble the pizza box. Decorate however you like for whatever occasion! For this box, I chose to use the Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Even though one side of each sheet has gold foil accents, today I chose to use the side without the gold foil. Just cut a square slightly smaller than the top of the lid and individual strips to adhere on the sides of the pizza box.  You can make them the same or contrasting.

For the top of the box, I chose some hearts since we are close to Valentine’s Day, but hearts can be for anything! I used the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies to cut out the two hearts. If you look closely at these dies, you will see there are two styles of hearts – one sweet, and one sassy, I suppose! One shapes curves inward near the bottom and the other shape just has a straight edge to the bottom point. I don’t know which shape is sweet and which shape is sassy, but you can choose! Sometimes I don’t notice these subleties so in case you are like me, I thought I would point it out. Of course you can mix and match the shapes of the hearts however you like!

I also added two kinds of doilies. One is a small gold doily in the Metallic Foil Doilies package.  The other is part of a white doily in the Delicate White Doilies package.  Always good to have embellishments like these on hand for when your project needs a little something And for some extra little embellishments, I stuck on a few of the Glitter Enamel Dots.

At the last minute I added the word “Love” in Gold Foil because I thought the top of the box still needed “something”.  How did I get the word “Love”?  From the Lovely Words Thinlit Dies!  The die cuts out a heart and the word “Lovely”, so I just trimmed off all but the “love” part!  Very easy!  I think it adds just the right thing on this box. The other two words are “hugs” and “friend”.

Do you have some Mini Pizza Boxes that you can make into a Valentine Treat Box with embellishments and designer paper or cardstock?  If not, put them on your Stampin’ Up! order!Valentine Treat Box with a Mini Pizza Box Top Closeup

 

Make Your Own Custom Note Cards

Custom Note Cards

Make your own easy custom note cards with the new Stampin’ Up! Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes.  We’ve always had the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes, but these are new in the Occasions Catalog on page 19.  They are very easy to miss at the bottom of the page! But you will find that you can do so many things with these Narrow Note Cards!

All it takes is a little bit of designer paper layered on the note card or a little bit of stamping, and you will have a quick and easy note card to enclose inside a gift or hand to someone. Moms put them in their children’s lunch box for a little encouraging note for them to find. Stick a gift card or cash inside. Having a package or two on hand will save you a trip to the store for a card or gift enclosure on short notice!  You WILL want more than one package on hand because they are fun to make once you get your supplies ready to go!  Good way to use up small scraps of cardstock or especially designer paper! Add a greeting and a few small embellishments or ribbon.

The Narrow Note Cards I made above only took minutes. I just used different patterns of the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series PaperThis paper is so beautiful and artistic with its gold foil accents!

The top note card has a stamped greeting from the Labels to Love Stamp Set  punched out with a Circle Punch and layered on a piece of the Iridescent piece of paper in the Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper. I layered the circle pieces over a strip of Rich Razzleberry and added two light colored Glitter Enamel Dots.  Even though the greeting says “Love”, you wouldn’t have to only use it for a valentine, but if you wanted to, it could easily be for Valentine’s Day!

The bottom note card has another pattern of the Painted with Love Paper (love the little hearts!) and decorated with die cut hearts from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies.  I also tied a little bit of Gold 1/8″ Ribbon around it, tying the bow first!

Get yourself a couple packages of these new Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes on your next order and then sit down and play with a package of designer paper and a few embellishments at hand.  After you make one or two you won’t want to stop!  By the way, they come with the cutest envelopes! Check out these birthday note cards I made recently HERE.  You will love making your own custom note cards!

 

Heart Happiness Thinking of You Card

Heart Happiness Thinking of You Card

You will find the Heart Happiness Stamp Set in the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, and what a fun stamp set to make a valentine or any occasion card like this Heart Happiness Thinking of You card!

At this time of year, with Valentine’s Day coming up soon, you might think this stamp set is great for Valentine’s Day……and it is!  But as you can see, hearts are wonderful for lots of occasions so this stamp set can be used year-round!  I could have chosen a birthday greeting or congratulations or other fun greetings to put on this card.

I use my Big Shot most days when I am stamping, but sometimes it feels good to “just stamp” on your card, like this one! Honestly I didn’t really know what I was going to make for this card, just got out the stamp set and started with this particular heart stamp. I thought I would make a line of these hearts across the middle of the card but this is what evolved!

And sometimes when you stamp, you just love the look of a particular stamp. That’s how I felt about this heart stamp when I used it. That IS the way it is supposed to stamp – not completely solid all the way across – it’s the trendy watercolor look.  I really like it.  And I really liked choosing several colors of ink pads from the Brights Family and rather randomly stamping on the Whisper White card layer.  It seemed to maybe need a bit more, so I added the tiny hearts that are also in the stamp set to fill in the empty space.  I looked for a greeting that was a decent size to stand out, and I found this one in the Window Shopping Stamp Set.

I think you could make your own beautiful designer paper pattern by stamping these large and small hearts on a larger piece of paper, even 12″ x 12″ of Whisper White and then cutting it down for cards or using for a scrapbook page or whatever project.

If you would like this Heart Happiness Stamp Set, you will find it in the Occasions Catalog HERE.  The greeting is from the Window Shopping Stamp Set.

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Painted With Love All-Occasion Card

Painted With Love All-Occasion CardMy big order from the new Occasions Catalog came late last night so I finally have a multitude of new Stampin’ Up! products to play with!  This new Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper is so beautiful in person and will make all kinds of fantastic cards and other projects. This Painted With Love All-Occasion Card can serve as a card for almost any occasion or a Valentine or birthday or anniversary or whatever you like.

The Heart Happiness Photopolymer Stamp Set is one that we will be able to use in many ways with all the hearts! I decided to stamp this flowery heart in Melon Mambo, one of the coordinating colors with the designer paper.  I die cut the flowery heart with one of the sizes in the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies and then cut a larger heart out of Gold Foil.

The card base is Melon Mambo and then the striped pattern is layered on the other pattern with a thin Gold Foil strip in between.  The heart is popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I could have added a greeting or more embellishment, but I just kind of liked it “plain and simple” like this. Now I can use the card for whatever I choose when I need it or still leave it plain and write my own message on the inside. It’s a good idea when you make a card similar to this Painted With Love All-Occasion Card to just leave it plain without a greeting, and then when you need a card, just stamp a greeting and add to the card.

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Make a Valentine Card with a Die-cut Glimmer Paper Heart

Make a Valentine Card with a Die-cut Glimmer Paper Heart

Want to make a Valentine card with a die-cut glimmer paper heart? This card is a beautiful example of how to make a glittery valentine card pretty easily. And not only are hearts for Valentine’s Day, but this same card could be for a wedding or engagement or simply a nice card to send to someone special.

I was that someone special who received this card for Valentine’s Day from my dear friend – my friend I met on the first day of junior high in Mrs. Gordon’s math class in 7th grade/my college roommate/my Stampin’ Up! upline. It’s special to have a friend who has been with you through so many facets of your life.  From the minute she introduced me to Stampin’ Up! I became fascinated with stamping and making cards and especially all the creativity.

The photo doesn’t do this card justice, if you could see the sparkle in person you would really be impressed! It’s difficult to photograph glitter and glimmer!  The card base is Crumb Cake with a piece of designer paper for a layer behind the heart.  The heart is die-cut with the Big Shot and the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Die out of the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper. So that the designer paper in the background doesn’t show through, she put a Whisper White die cut heart, made with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies behind the glimmer heart.  The little pink die cut flowers are touched up with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to give them some shine as well. And to top them off, my friend added a Rhinestone Jewel on each flower. For a final touch she stamped and cut a banner for a greeting out of Shimmery White card stock.

I hope you can see how this same design can be used as other types of cards, specifically a wedding or an engagement card, besides the beautiful Valentine card it is! Even using the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Die to make a heart out of any pretty paper will produce a beautiful card, but making a Valentine card with a heart die-cut from pretty glimmer paper really steps it up.

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